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William Evans

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Bellefontaine Cemetery
  205-343 

Born:     1851 at Annagh, Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from St. Louis, MO

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism July 09, 1876 at Big Horn, MT

Died:  August 27, 1881 at the age of 30

Following the tragic cavalry defeat at the Battle of the Little Big Horn (often called "Custer's Last Stand") on June 25, 1876, General Terry's relief column took the wounded and what remained of the 7th Cavalry to Rosebud Landing on the Yellowstone River, while General Crook encamped at Cloud Peak. Incited by Sitting Bull's great victory, hundreds of rebel warriors slipped away from their reservations, and the force of hostile Sioux grew and controlled almost all of the area. In addition to the heavy losses, a major problem for the cavalry was in not knowing where the Indian war parties were located. General Terry made two unsuccessful attempts to send critical dispatches to General Crook, learning quickly that it was dangerous for troopers to venture beyond the camp. Despite this danger, Privates James Bell, William Evans, and Benjamin Stewart volunteered to make a third attempt. They departed Terry's camp on July 9 and, traveling only at night and hiding by day, they reached General Crook's camp on July 14, and then returned to General Terry with dispatches from Cloud Peak. For their heroism in this daring, volunteer mission, all three men were awarded the Medal of Honor.

 

 

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